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We love Bananagrams! What a clever game and clever packaging. Take the handy packet with you anywhere, unzip the banana to reveal letter tiles played similar to Scrabble but with much more action!
This is a fun, fast paced word game, with simple rules. Yet the game is complex enough to hold the interest of the deepest word-game fanatic.
Bananagrams is a great word game for ALL ages. What a teaching tool for children! The game rules can be “bent” to allow children a “head start handicap” allowing them freedom to compete easily. Competition, though, isn’t necessary for this fun game, since everyone can win. This is a highly entertaining, educational inter-generational game.
The 144 letter tiles included can also be used as a learning tool outside of the game, especially for teaching spelling and word formation to children who are reluctant to write, or have difficulty writing.
If you have ever sat at a Scrabble game and wondered when the other players were going to finally finish their turns so you could get around to your play, then you will find Bananagrams an extremely satisfying game. You are playing, making words from letter tiles, for the entire game.
How To Play BANANAGRAMS!
One of the beauties of the game of Bananagrams is the simplicity and elegance of the rules. To start the game simply unzip the Bananagrams bag and dump the letters out onto the table. Flip all of the 144 tiles face-side down. They are all pushed together into a “bunch”.
Next, each player draws a number of tiles depending on the number of people playing the game. For 2-4 people, 21 tiles each. For five or six players, 15 tiles each. For seven or eight players, have each player draw 11 tiles. As soon as all the players have drawn their requisite number of letters, some player, any player, says, “Split!” This is the signal for the players to begin flipping letters and creating words.
The words created must connect and intersect in a manner similar to a crossword or as is familiar in the game Scrabble. When a player uses up all of his or her letters, he or she says, “Peel!” Then all the players must draw another letter. Players can rearrange their letters as often as they like, even letters they have already placed.
If a letter is drawn that seems impossible to place, a player may call out “Dump!” and exchange this letter for three others. No other player should take a tile on a dump.
Play goes on until there are less tiles in the bunch than there are players in the game. Then the first person to use all of his or her remaining letters says -- rather excitedly -- “Bananas”! This person will be the winner of the “hand” if all of his or her words check out.
Bananagrams is a great game to play with children, adults, friends or family. For after dinner, at a picnic or while waiting for the rain to stop outside. It travels well, because it does not require a board and packs away in a distinctive carrying container that looks like a banana. Bananagrams will stay “fresh” for years!